By Rachel Hachlili
Historical Synagogues - Archaeology and artwork. New Discoveries and present study provides archaeological facts - the structure, artwork, Jewish symbols, zodiac, biblical stories, inscriptions, and cash – which attest to the significance of the synagogue. whilst regarded as a complete, most of these items of proof ascertain the centrality of the synagogue establishment within the lifetime of the Jewish groups throughout Israel and within the Diaspora. most significantly, the synagogue and its paintings and structure performed a strong function within the renovation of the elemental ideals, customs, and traditions of the Jewish humans following the destruction of the second one Temple and the lack of Jewish sovereignty within the Land of Israel. The booklet additionally incorporates a complement of the file at the Qazion excavation.
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CE. However, the term synagogue was used by Josephus in the first c. 3, 300–305). The term proseuche refers to the Diaspora whereas synagogue refers to Judea (Hengel 1975:41ff), yet this is not always the case. Josephus refers to a proseuche at Tiberias. Scholars maintain that proseuche usually refers to a building for assembly and prayers, and synagogue to the actual congregation or community (Frey, CIJ I:lxx; Hengel 1975). The proseuchai in third c. BCE Egyptian inscriptions do not automatically prove the existence of the synagogue.
BCE Egyptian inscriptions do not automatically prove the existence of the synagogue. ” Synagogue was used exclusively for Jewish edifices, while proseuchai, in the Hellenistic world, referred also to pagan loyalty shrines. Some scholars argue that the term proseuche is generally used when referring to the Jewish synagogue building, or when describing different forms of buildings— proseuche being an imposing structure and synagogue being a more humble one (Hengel 1975:166; Schürer et al. 1979, II:439–440).
The ordinary worshippers who came to the Temple were relegated to the outer courtyards of the Temple precincts. In the synagogue, by comparison, all the participants were involved in and conducted the ceremonies; worshippers took turns in reciting prayers and reading the Scriptures. Leadership of the synagogue consisted of lay worshippers and the concept was that of a community institution. • Scripture reading was not an essential part of the Temple service and was introduced only during the Second Temple period.
Ancient Synagogues—Archaeology and Art: New Discoveries and Current Research (Handbook of Oriental Studies) by Rachel Hachlili